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Electrically Propelled Boats and Batteries

We’ve been in the harbor for a while now, on OCEAN STRIDER our solar electric propelled sail boat. Which gave us the opportunity to have a chat with a very interesting Dutch couple. All about linking a set of AGM Batteries to a set of Lithium Ion Batteries. Hybrid Battery systems They gave me theContinue reading “Electrically Propelled Boats and Batteries”

Patience is a virtue on a Sail Boat with Solar Electric Engine

We’ve learnt to be patient now we have a solar electric engine onboard OCEAN STRIDER: 1,500 miles of sailing, Maryport to the Algarve. Passage plans as we travel onboard OCEAN STRIDER are evolving to suit “sailing” long distances with a solar electric engine. Our journeys are much longer than they were and usually to newContinue reading “Patience is a virtue on a Sail Boat with Solar Electric Engine”

Long Distance Sailing with an Electric Engine.

Extended Cruising, using an Electric Powered Sail Boat. Long term test about Ocean sailing onboard an eco friendly yacht. It’s over a year since I fitted the electric drive to OCEAN STRIDER. Practical information regarding its use, is almost impossible to find. Manufacturers just don’t have the time to do what we are doing. IContinue reading “Long Distance Sailing with an Electric Engine.”

SAILING ELECTRIC. It’s a REALITY.

Electric propulsion on sail boats works and works well. A sail boat with electric drive has got to be one of the most fuel-efficient forms of transport on the planet. More than 1,500 nautical miles and 3 months extended cruising on OCEAN STRIDER, has forced us on a steep learning experience to say the least.Continue reading “SAILING ELECTRIC. It’s a REALITY.”

More than One way to skin a Cat

BarcelonaSail » Blog Barcelona Sail » Electric boat propulsion best solutions » Best electric drive system for sailboats November 24, 2016//  by Sailing Barcelona Criteria for best electric drive system for sailboats In our first blog on electric sailboat conversion we described our initial criteria for an electrical drive system. First of all we want to reduce the drag. In addition we want to use theContinue reading “More than One way to skin a Cat”

OCEAN STRIDERS’s electric drive.

Something in my head was telling me. It makes sense to fit a DC electric drive, to Ocean Strider. A blockage in the water cooling system of the Bukh, caused a catastrophic engine failure. Our choices: Replace the Bukh engine with new. Cost, almost £13,000 with fitting. Replace with re-con engine and trust it wasContinue reading “OCEAN STRIDERS’s electric drive.”

DC ELECTRIC DRIVE

A clean, quiet, vibration free propulsion unit for your boat. DC Electric Drive. WHY FIT ONE? I fit DC Electric Drives professionally, we have one on our sail boat. I hope the following post, will convince more people to fit them. DC Electric Drive, a tough decision to make. Fitting: I looked at a fewContinue reading “DC ELECTRIC DRIVE”

My Boat Building Experience

This is a brief summary of how to plan & work on narrowboats, wide beams and other boats. I have more than 30 years, living on and building narrowboats and over 10 years, building wide beams. I hope the following can reduce your learning curve, help save you a lot of time & money andContinue reading “My Boat Building Experience”